Solana Beach Kitchen
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with my first clients here in San Diego: a wonderful couple who own a loft in Solana Beach. In the kitchen, the challenge was to marry the very different aesthetics of husband and wife; he wanted modern and minimalistic, she wanted rustic and comfortable . Here is the before:
Rather then scrapping the original cabinets, we decided to work up a custom finish that would give the feel of new cabinets while maintaining the original craftsmanship. With my fabulous decorative painter, Bella Decorative Arts, we chose a custom, multi-layer process of paint and glaze that creates depth and history.
The next step was picking out new hardware that would complement the rustic look while adding a modern highlight. (Tip: Always combine pulls and knobs; it keeps your kitchen from looking like a model home.) Along the same lines, we added modern, industrial lighting to give the room a clean weight, and a large pendant over the sink to draw the eye outside.
Opposite of the cabinets, we carved out an area for a bar. My clients wanted to be able to entertain with ease. To achieve a clean, functional bar area we chose mounted wall shelves above a metal table with a travertine top. And our accessories don't only look good but are useful too!